Rick McCoy began working with at-risk adolescents at Starr Commonwealth in 1968 while he was earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Albion College. After graduating, he worked with children and adolescents at University of Michigan Children’s’ Psychiatric Hospital as a child care worker and later as the crisis teacher in the inpatient school. While there, he completed his master’s degree in Special Education at Eastern Michigan University.

In 1975, he began his career with Plymouth Canton Community Schools, where he taught in Special Education and later helped to develop Student Service Centers for at-risk middle and high school students. During this time, he also worked closely with Growth Works in Plymouth, helping them develop the Learning Options Program, and later assisting in the development of their Substance Abuse Aftercare Program for recovering adolescents and their families.

In 1982, Rick took a leave of absence from the school district to work privately with Nic Cooper as Cooper, McCoy & Associates. In their private business, Nic and Rick provided individual and group therapy. They also created and delivered staff development programs, substance abuse training and consultation to school districts and private businesses, as well as parenting programs. He co-authored How to Keep Being a Parent When Your Child Stops Being a Child – A Guide to Parenting Adolescents.

After returning to Plymouth Canton Schools, he was instrumental in creating the Journey Program, facilitating support groups for at-risk 9th grade students. In addition, he developed the Bridge Program for incoming, at-risk 9th grade students to promote a successful transition to the high school.

In addition to certification to teach at the elementary and secondary levels, Rick is also a Licensed Master Social Worker with the State of Michigan and has directed camp programs for hemophiliacs as well as for emotionally impaired children.